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MAG Aerospace Industries, Inc. v. B/E Aerospace, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016) - Equitable Assignor Estoppel Doctrine Expanded by Federal...

Arcane aspects of the law are frequently analogized as constituting "traps for the unwary," and patent law seems to have more than its share of minutiae that fall within that characterization. The equitable principle of...more

A Development in Trade-Secret Cases

The big trade-secret case, Southwestern Energy v. Berry-Helfand, has been worked over by the Texas Supreme Court. Highlights: - Lack of certainty in damages does not preclude recovery. - A “Flexible and...more

Did Aereo Open The Door To Compulsory Licenses?

After the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in ABC v. Aereo Inc., 134 S.Ct. 2498 (2014), that Aereo’s internet retransmission service was “substantially similar” to cable, and therefore violated the Transmit Clause of the Copyright...more

Trade Secrets Now Federally Protected Intellectual Property

Some of the most valuable intellectual property that companies own — their trade secrets — now enjoy federal protection, alongside patents, trademarks and copyrights. Designed to strengthen and supplement the protection of...more

Practical Steps for Employers Following Passage of the Federal Trade Secrets Act

California has long provided protection for a company’s trade secrets through the California version of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“UTSA”). On May 12, 2016, new federal protection for trade secrets became effective under...more

En Banc Federal Circuit Revisits Its Patent Exhaustion Cases

On February 12, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reaffirmed its precedent governing the patent exhaustion doctrine in an en banc opinion in Lexmark International Inc. v. Impression Products...more

Texas Supreme Court: Company Representative May Be Excluded from Trade Secret Hearing

In a clash between two major oil companies, the Texas Supreme Court ruled May 20, 2016 that the recently enacted Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“TUTSA”) allows the trial court discretion to exclude a company representative...more

English High Court considers co-existence provisions under German and English law

In two recent IP decisions in the English High Court, the interpretation of a settlement agreement and a co-existence agreement have been carefully considered. In DKH Retail and Others v SRG Apparel Plc and Others, English...more

Brumley v. Albert E. Brumley & Sons Inc. - USCA, Sixth Circuit, May 16, 2016

Sixth Circuit concludes that author’s 1975 assignment of gospel song “I’ll Fly Away” was subject to 2008 termination notice, notwithstanding subsequent 1979 assignment of rights by late composer’s wife....more

Jurisdiction Cannot Be Cured Retroactively If Plaintiff Lacked Substantial Rights to Patent When Suit Was Filed

In Diamond Coating Tech. v. Hyundai Motor, [2015-1844, 2015-1861] (May 17, 2016), the Federal Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a patent infringement action for lack of standing. The Federal Circuit agreed that Diamond...more

Trade Secrets Claims Reach Federal Court: New Law Changes Jurisdiction, Remedies and Duties

Until May 12, 2016, trade secret law was the only area of intellectual property law left largely to state courts and state law. But no longer. On May 12, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, Pub. L....more

Quicker, easier and cheaper? New Rules for patent prosecution in India

Several notable amendments to India’s patent Rules came into effect on 16 May 2016, following the publication of draft Rules in November last year. The new Rules, which seek to fast track applications and introduce a number...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act: What You Should Do Now

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law. The DTSA is an expansion of the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 and generally authorizes a civil action in federal court for the...more

Competitors in the Courtroom: When to Exclude a Party’s Designated Representative from Hearing a Competitor’s Trade Secrets

“You sued them. They stay, period.” This is the conclusion a Texas trial court came to when asked to exclude the designated representative of a party from a hearing where an employee of the other party, a direct competitor,...more

Take Notice (And Give Notice!): The “Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016” (DTSA) Requires Immediate Employer Action

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, creating the first federal civil cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. One provision of the DTSA requires immediate action by...more

New Federal Trade Secret Act: What Businesses Need To Know

Trade secrets are the oldest form of intellectual property and, unlike patents, trademarks and copyrights, the value of a trade secret arises from others not knowing the secret. Companies such as Coca-Cola, WD-40, Heinz 57,...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act is Enacted

In late April, Congress approved the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA” or the “Act”) with over-whelming bipartisan majorities. President Obama signed DTSA into law on May 11, and it takes effect immediately. First...more

Civil Seizure to Dominate Litigation Under the Defend Trade Secrets Act

With a stroke of the pen, President Obama signed into law the first-ever federal trade secrets regime, opening federal courthouse doors to all trade secrets litigants. While federal subject matter jurisdiction is widely...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: What Business Owners Need to Know

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) of 2016. It became effective immediately. The DTSA — which amends the Economic Espionage Act (18 U.S.C. § 1831) — establishes a federal...more

Client Alert: New Federal Trade Secrets Law Brings Major Implications for Trade Secret Owners and Their Employees

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act into law. The Act amends the existing Economic Espionage Act, but more importantly, it creates for the first time a federal civil cause of action to...more

How the Recently Passed Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 Affects Your Business

Recently, U.S. Congress passed the landmark Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA), which will now make its way to the desk of President Obama, who has already voiced his support and indicated that he intends to sign the...more

Just When Your Handbook Thought it Was Safe to Go Back In the Water: The Impact of the Defend Trade Secrets Act on Employers

On April 27, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) by a 410-2 vote, the DTSA previously passed the Senate with an 87-0 vote. The DTSA provides employers with federal jurisdiction...more

The New Federalization of Trade Secret Law – What You Should Know About the DTSA

In Depth - On May 11, 2016, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) officially became law, thereby creating, for the first time, a federal private civil cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. The...more

Newly Enacted "Defend Trade Secrets Act" Requires Notice Provision to Be Added to Future Confidentiality Agreements to Preserve...

As you may have heard, on May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the new federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). This is a significant and comprehensive law that now allows holders of trade secrets to pursue civil...more

Trade Secrets Going Federal: President Obama Signs into Law Landmark Defend Trade Secrets Act Requiring Immediate Action by All...

On Wednesday, President Obama signed into law the groundbreaking Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which for the first time creates a federal civil remedy for trade secret misappropriation and provides uniformity (and...more

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